Inshore Report: Scott Hammond at Haddrell's Point West shares that over the last few weeks the weather pattern jumped from rainy and windy conditions to downright cold. So choosing your fishing days, the in-between days when it is sunny and 60-degrees is even more important in January and February. Scott says to clean up your rods and reels, tackle and boats while nasty weather is upon us, but with days getting noticeably longer now keep the prospect of a late afternoon float trip in mind too.
|The 12th SC Wahoo Series starts Jan. 29|
Scott recommends a combination of baits for a redfish spread including cracked blue crab, cut mullet and mud minnows so that even a finicky cold fish can find something to chew on. He likes a 3-ought Owner circle hook, with a split shot a few inches above the hook to aid in casting distance. The circle hook is designed to catch in the corner of the mouth on the fish, and not inside the mouth by their sensitive gills. Scott's Pro Tip is not to set the hook until the fish has the rod bent over taking line. If you want to switch over to the fly rod, then its OK to cast a little more towards the school since the flies presentation is delicate, then it's sight fishing at it best as you watch for a fish to approach and eat. To view the latest seminar information visit the Internet at Haddrell's Point.
Offshore Report: Anglers are gearing up for the 12th annual SC Wahoo Series that will be contested between January 29 through April 17. With windy winter weather an issue for offshore fishing, this tourney allows anglers to pick their days to fish.
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